Is Kenyan music really that poorly composed?

Nigerian artiste Wizkid performs at Carnivore Grounds on October 19, 2014. PHOTO | CHARLES KAMAU

What you need to know:

  • Wizkid is a perfect example of an African artiste gone global and who can show the world the talent in his own country.
  • Before his big international break, he had done many local collabos (paid or unpaid). The collabos overflowed and overpowered his own space, so much that the world (read major labels) took notice and wanted a piece of the action.
  • Local artistes also need to ensure that they produce quality content. They should get good management and PR and be consistent. In turn, we critics should give constructive criticism.

There are several platforms in Kenya supporting local and East African content, but few keep it real, exclusive and strictly Kenyan. Some Kenyan radio stations do not play Kenyan music at all. They blame it on poor quality.

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